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Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Dead silent! I have this installed in an Antec 900 case, I run all my fans on low speed and the system is just a quiet hum, you cant hear this hard-drive AT ALL, I pulled the side of the case and put my hand on it, I couldnt feel any vibration from it and it was COLD to the touch (after a full format and an hour of cloning). Nice drive. Very fast spin up. From the moment I turn the computer on untill I am loading programs in windows is consistently 25-27 secs.

Cons: Cost is still high, but not as crazy as SSD's. With WinXP-SP3 and NTFS it only formats to 280.xxx GB. Sad to lose those extra 20gb's, so it puts the price point up to about $1.07/gb. Might be more/less depending on OS.

Other Thoughts: This one drive replaced 2x WD Black Caviar 150GB's running in RAID0. Dropped my load times for windows by about 5secs and game load times anywhere from 10-30 secs depending on games. I think at least some of the increase in speed is from the fact that I was using the poor nForce onboard RAID.

Great drive if you dont mind spending the extra $/GB. I now have the 2x Black Cavs setup RAID1 for backups and use the VelociRaptor for my main drive for OS/Games. WinXP-SP3.

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Quake 4 PC Game
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Quake4 07/17/2008

This review is from: Quake 4 PC Game

Pros: Quake4, at $8 its pretty cheap for a fairly good game. Ive played the demo, and some of the single player.

Cons: Shipping is still somewhat high, so buy it with other stuff to save.

Other Thoughts: Got this so I could have it at quakecon08, make sure you download the latest point release.

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EVGA 512-P3-N845-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) KO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great Card, clock was correct from the factory (678MHz) and I didnt have to tweak anything. Runs great, using latest WHQL driver for WinXP. Nice card!

Cons: Its always a gamble getting a video card cause the prices/options change ever few months. I was able to sell my old card, and buy this while it was on sale with an additional MIR...so it was a cheap but small upgrade. Worth it IMO.

Other Thoughts: I did have a stock clock 8800GTS-320MB card. I run at 1900x1200 and while I got decent framerates...they were not the best. This card gave me about a 25-40% increase in framerate depending on the game. The smaller memory-bus doesnt seem to be affecting anything. The car also runs about 20* cooler at idle and about 30* cooler at full load, and the fan is near silent most of the time. Good card for the money (with the MIR).

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Tim M.'s Profile

Display Name: Tim M.

Date Joined: 07/24/07

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 08/27/07
  • Last Review: 07/21/08
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